Mum is the word – let’s hear it for the Mums!

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Hi all…. Welcome back to Howkapow and massive thanks to all those of you who have already ordered since we relaunched last week; we hope you are liking the products we’ve chosen so far to stock the shop, and that you’ll continue to keep an eye on what’s still to come… new things are landing every day.

We are known to our friends as Mims and Pea, and we are looking forward to introducing ourselves properly… but there’s plenty of time for that. In the meantime:  Let’s hear it for the Mums!!!

I’m hoping for a bracing day out on Mother’s Day – I love that it’s an excuse to do something different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy to arrive at my mum’s with all the kids in toe and a pile of lovely gifts as a recognition of her hard work (!), then tuck in to a steaming roast dinner (provided by her!). But a day out is what makes memories.

We are Kent based and London is really close, so top of my ‘wish trip’ list is to visit the Josef Frank Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. I’ve been following the trail of hash-tagged posts on Instagram and it looks all kinds of beautiful!

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A trip to Kew Gardens is always a pleasure, and I have some great memories of Kew Garden trips with Mum. The Princess of Wales Conservatory is a winner – just LOOK at all those pricklies.




We have been so busy setting up shop that we’ve hardly had time to think of gifting for our own families. Luckily there is a lot to be inspired by here at Howkapow, and there is something for all the different kinds of mums. Is she an Art loving type? Or a cuddly-snuggle type? Or tea lover? Chocolate lover? Coffee lover? Does she have a fondness of prickly plants, or cheesy plants? And we mustn’t forget the grandmas, and step mums and mother-in-laws.

Here’s a selection of our favourite Howkapow gifts for all the mums out there (it might help you generate a hint list if you are a mum!). And if you are buying for Mother’s Day, or even if you’re not, take advantage of our FREE POSTAGE offer on all purchases. And we are still adding a goodie bag to all orders over £30 to celebrate the site relaunch.





I’ll be back soon… In the meantime, have a wonderful Mother’s Day all you Mums.

Mims x

Howkapow S/S 2016 Colour Palette

This Spring / Summer 2016 we wanted to come up with a Colour Palette that we could use across the shop in various different ways. Here is the result! Essentially it is a celebration of yellow – where the green, flame and both greys have a heavy dash of yellow in. If you like the look of this, make sure you check out our Colour Palette board on Pinterest with lots of our colour inspirations too!


Pantone… but not as you know it!

As colour gurus Pantone unveiled their Spring 2016 colour chart last week, I was inspired to find different, contemporary (and decidedly more playful) takes on this brand’s approach to colour. “Foodtone” is something art director David Schwen has dabbled in – producing a series of playful Pantone Pairings over the last few years from Bacon & Eggs, Carrots & Peas, Salt & Pepper and Hamburger & Fries to Mustard & Ketchup.

French artist Emilie Griottes has made deliciously styled Pantone colour boards, which look more like decadent cakes; while photographer Maria Marie has produced a series of oh-so-pinnable Pantone swatches – from Kisses and Confetti, to Sprinkles and the inimitable Washi Tape.

















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Howkapow A/W 2015 Colour Palette!

This Autumn / Winter 2015 we wanted to come up with a Colour Palette that we could use across the shop in various different ways. Here is the result! We are loving aubergine, mustard, teal and poppy tones at the moment – a combination of sultry yet Wintery with some brightness in the mix too. If you like the look of this, make sure you check out our Colour Palette board on Pinterest with lots of our colour inspirations. We’re already looking forward to coming up with our Spring / Summer 2016 Colour Palette next year…howkapow-winter-colour-palette

Pantone Spring 2016 Colour Chart



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Martinich & Carran

Just found these: think they’re amazing! See more hand-painted beauties from Melbourne-based artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran on their site here Martinich & Carran

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